Attention Spinal Cord Injury Patients – Pressure Sores Can Be Deadly
Because spinal cord injury victims are confined to a bed for a part of their recovery process or experience limited range when it comes to movement, they are more likely to develop pressure sores or pressure ulcers. As mammals, being stationary or lying down for extended periods of time is ill-advised and counterintuitive, and the body responds to this by cutting off circulation to certain areas that receive prolonged pressure, leading to the development of pressure sores or ulcers which can become gangrenous and cause health complications and even lead to fatal sepsis.
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What Exactly is a Pressure Sore?
A pressure sore or ulcer is damage to skin tissue when prolonged pressure is put on it such as in the case of immobile individuals like spinal cord injury patients. They do tend to recur, especially in individuals that are paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury, causing reinfection and destruction of skin tissue. The blockage of blood flow to the areas that touch the surface of the bed restricts the movement of nutrients and lymph to said areas, leading to atrophy and tissue necrosis.
How Does a Pressure Sore or Ulcer Develop?
A pressure ulcer or bed sore presents as a reddened patch of skin that doesn’t revert back to normal even when an individual gets up or is turned over. If the spinal cord victim is left to lie on the bed for an extended period of time, the red patch may start to resemble a huge blister, which then causes skin to break causing clear fluid to seep out. The pain may go away once this happen, but the pressure sore will still be present and become susceptible to infection. What’s scary about a pressure sore is that if left untreated, it has the potential to reach all the way down to your bone, causing a severe, life-threatening infection. Therefore, it is important that you treat bed sores or pressure ulcers immediately they form in order to prevent said infections.
Pressure Sores Dangers and Treatment in Spinal Cord Injury Patients
Individuals with spinal cord injuries may not be aware that they have developed pressure ulcers or bed sores as the damage in the spine may mean that pain sensations may not be relayed to the brain. Pain is a way of letting the body know that something is wrong, and that it needs to be fixed as a matter of urgency. Pressure ulcers can cause cellulitis, sepsis, squamous cell carcinoma, and other health complications over time. Treatment for pressure ulcers includes turning the patient over every day, inspecting them for bed sores regularly, and applying certain prescribed ointments and creams to the affected areas. In addition, electrical stimulation and mechanical debridement may help and surgery may be needed if the pressure ulcer is advanced.
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